Keen readers of our blog will know that we’ve discussed the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, once or twice. Here’s an article from the Sunday Observer website which discusses bringing CERT training to a whole new level. Over 15 Asia/Pacific countries took part in a drill which simulated a serious computer attack.

The countries (that) took part in the drill were Australia, Bangladesh, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, Tunisia, Egypt and Pakistan.

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FEMA’s website offers tips for how to prepare your pets for emergencies. FEMA makes the point that, just as you need to have an emergency kit for humans, so you need one for your pet. There are two important tips here: (1) Ensure you know of a shelter in your area which will take pets during an emergency; and (2) Ensure your pet’s emergency kit has food, water and any medicines your pet needs.

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LookOut news, which reports on events in Santa Monica, details an Emergency Preparedness Fair held in Santa Monica this past Saturday. The Fair is designed to give loving pet owners information about how to protect their pets in the event of an emergency. The Fair was “co-hosted by the City’s Office of Emergency Management Division, the American Red Cross and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.”

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The Times Union discusses the National Geographic Preppers series that we’ve been posting about recently.

Prepping comes in different levels. It is unique to geographic areas, threats perceived and fitting to individual comfort levels. While some prepper’s contingencies may seem more extreme than others, prepping at any level gives most an ease of mind in the event that an emergency should happen. ()

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The Augusta Free Press is reporting on a 9 week CERT course which will be offered in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and in Augusta County. The course will run on Thursday evenings at the Shenandoah Planning District Commission Office in Staunton from March 1st to May 3rd. The course will cover:

(B)asic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and search & rescue. ()

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